Freshman Mushroom Project (2015)

Peter Lu's Freshman Mushroom Project plunges attendees into the heart of a discomforting, autobiograpical live performance that examines sexuality.


Peter Lu


Peter Lu (concept), Peter Lu (development)


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Cast overview:
Michael Q. Schmidt ... Naked Assembler
Laura Lea Laura Lea ... Mistress Lee Ann
Peter Lu Peter Lu ... Himself


Both performers were given the freedom to improvise as they felt fit. Lee Ann sits on the throne. She looks like a doll but has the aura of a goddess. She is indifferent to Michael and to the audience. She looks straight forward with a goddess like authority. She may look indifferently at the audience but knows she commands their desires. She may read a book or check her phone. If she does, she does with a doll like grace that she owns and she is indifferent to the fact that people look upon her. Michael is nude on the floor, with his penis in a vacuum device. The horse is on the floor disassembled. Michael enthusiastically assembles the horse that he built himself. He is infatuated with his own accomplishment but believes he is performing his task objectively. Periodically, he glances towards Lee Ann and give the penis pump a few squeezes, but otherwise pretends like he is indifferent to her. Michael completes the assembly of the horse. When the horse is assembled, he walks into Lee ... Written by Peter Lu of the Freshman Mushroom Project

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Sexuality and arousal are sometimes quite sad. See more »







Release Date:

15 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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UCLA Design Media Arts See more »
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While the concept was the creation of Peter Lu, Michael and Lee Ann were encouraged to improvise dialog and action within the context of their created characters. There were three performances of 40 minutes each, and each was slightly different as the principals modified their behaviors. See more »

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